*First broadcast on April 13, 2023.
In Japan, interest in camping is booming. Popular choices these days include women-only camping and solo camping. Some prefer glamping, where you don't have to set up your own tent. Camping has also been drawing attention as a good way to prepare for disaster. Peter Barakan visits a campsite with an outdoor expert to get the latest information, and to find out more about why so many people are going camping these days. We also see some Japanese preferences in equipment.
Peter Barakan tries lighting a fire. This is an example of a camping skill that could be useful in the aftermath of disaster.
With equipment like this, dogs too can go camping in comfort.
At some campsites you can rent everything from cooking equipment to tents themselves.